The first and last AT&T chief medical officer?

By Aditi Pai
12:51 pm
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GeetaNayyarAfter nearly two years as AT&T's chief medical information officer (CMIO), Dr. Geeta Nayyar has joined care coordination company PatientPoint as its CMIO.

Since hiring Nayyar in 2011, AT&T's ForHealth has launched various partnerships and programs.

In February of 2012, ForHealth launched a beta version of its AT&T Developer Center ForHealth, which aimed to help mobile health app developers to build apps that are connected to the healthcare system and that make use of publicly available data sets. The beta version of the the developer platform included cloud-based developer tools, an ability to aggregate clinical and wellness data from apps and devices, HIPAA-compliant data storage, and an API gateway and mobile client that could be embedded into any third party app to enable apps to link together.

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Several months later, AT&T partnered with Alere to market WellDoc’s DiabetesManager mobile health program to health plans to offer disease management programs as well as to corporate payers. WellDoc and AT&T began co-marketing DiabetesManager two years before the partnership.

At the end of last year, AT&T created its own device to measure pollutants that could set off asthma attacks and warn people with asthma that it may not be safe to spend a lot of time outside. Triggers measure volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—a class of chemicals that asthmatics are particularly sensitive to—in the air. The sensor connects via ZigBee to a smartphone, tablet or PC to send data to AT&T’s health information exchange platform, known as Healthcare Community Online, to measure the true risk for people in a given geographic area.

At PatientPoint, Nayyar aims to focus on patient engagement and "meeting the patient where they are." Nayyar told MobiHealthNews that what excites her about PatientPoint is the "stickiness" its product aims to create between the patient and provider.

PatientPoint, acquired last year by Healthy Advice Networks, offers a care coordination platform on which patients and healthcare providers can communicate. The company is backed by a private equity firm, Catterton Partners, and caters to 60,000 physicians and over 600 hospitals. Their solution has been accessed by nearly half a billion patients annually.

AT&T tells MobiHealthNews the company has not yet decided whether it will keep the CMIO position.

"It’s too soon to determine next steps," an AT&T spokesperson told MobiHealthNews in an email. "We will evaluate the needs of the business and make decisions based on those needs."

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